Each week we try to publish some little story, or inspiration or message that will keep you focused and motivated, or make you think, or just to make you laugh. Some days it’s completely impossible to come up with something to write about. Let’s face it. Inspiration isn’t always there.
I remember having a poetry assignment in college and I stared at a blank piece of paper (yes, in those days we used paper!) for days. It was horrible. I had complete writer’s block and really couldn’t come up with anything. In a last ditch effort I wrote a poem about having writer’s block. Yes, it was a terrible poem. Yes, my professor told me it was a terrible poem.
The point is, I still had to do something. I still had to put in the effort. I still had to turn in an assignment. And that’s what I want to talk about today. Doing things when you don’t think you have anything to do.
Did your mom ever give you the line, “Go find something to do or I’ll give you something to do?” Because she knew that there was always something that could be done. Sure, it may not have been something you wanted to do, but she would be able to keep you occupied from then until you graduated. And sometimes it was nice (in a way) to be given something to do because it got you out of your slump, or boredom, or moping about, gave you something to do, and allowed you to look forward to finishing so you could go do anything else.
The same is still true today, especially when it comes down to working at home. There is always something you can be doing. This week I struggled with the blog. Couldn’t think of a damn thing to say and I had no inspiration. Now, I could have just sat around sulking (and to be honest, I did flop down on the bed and stare up at the ceiling for a few minutes), but what would that accomplish? I’d still be without a blog and I’d be even further behind in all the other things I could be doing.
You shouldn’t just be sitting around waiting until it’s time to do the next thing. The next thing is right now. Write a blog post. Don’t have a blog on your website? Set up a blog. Don’t have a website? Set one up. Post to your business Facebook page. Don’t have a Facebook page? Make one. And start writing and scheduling posts. And do it for Twitter, too. And any other social media you like or want to try out. Don’t know how to do any of it? Google it. There’s a ton of helpful advice to get you going.
Research fairs and markets to sell your product at. Search for (and apply to) jobs online if you’re a virtual assistant. Clean out and organize your email to get rid of the junk and focus on important communications. Read a book that will help you in your business life. Learn more about taxes. Clean your office space.
There are so many things that you can do when you think there’s nothing to do. So let’s get at it!
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.